Report: Jewelers Increased Profits & More in 2013 Jewelers of America released its 2014 Cost of Doing Business Report, an invaluable benchmarking tool for jewelers that reveals retail jewelry sales grew to 6.5% in 2013 versus 5.2% in 2012. Order the 80-page Report to compare your retail performance against similar store categories and high-profit jewelers. Curious how your store compares? Review our breakouts of key Report benchmarking data for:
- Sales by Merchandise Category. You'll never guess what the largest category is after diamonds.
- Sales Performance & Store Operations. Sales per employee were up 2% in 2013. Did your sales meet or miss the median?
- Sales by Channel. Where are jewelers selling? In-store is the primary channel, but the increase of jewelers online surprised us!
- See our infographic for a summary of interesting data.
| Fine Jewelry Preview Unveils New Collections|
Jewelers of America held a Fine Jewelry Preview for fashion's top editors and bloggers on Wednesday. All who attended were blown away by the never-before-seen pieces from JA Member designers and manufacturers. Peek at the jewelry in our roundup.
JA Accepting Entries for CASE Awards 2015 Jewelers of America's annual retail jewelry design competition, the CASE Awards, will be held January 18-20, 2015 at JA New York Winter. This year, the first-place winners will receive a cash prize, in addition to their trophy and publicity! JA Member jewelers who wish to enter, must submit an entry form by December 19, 2015. Enter early to ensure your piece is included in this celebration of retail jewelers' creativity, artistry, style and excellence.
| JA Scholarship Deadline Approaching|
Your career development has never been more affordable with JA's Scholarship program, which can be applied to GIA, DCA, JEF and JA Certification programs. Employees of JA Member firms can apply by September 30th to receive funds.
| GEM Awards: Save the Date!|
The 2015 GEM Awards will take place on January 9, 2015, and will be streamed live online. Save the date for the "Academy Awards" of the jewelry industry, so you don't miss any of the ceremony's surprises.
| Contest Winner Selects JA Member Jeweler for Prize|
The Ultimate Proposal Contest drew thousands of votes and excitement surrounding JA Members (the $5,000 prize could only be used at a JA Member jewelry store). Winner Brenton Pabst selected Fink's Jewelers in Raleigh, NC, to spend the prize.